A Walk Through the history of Madeira
Location: Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
Period: 12/09/2017 – 12/06/2018
Deadline: 12 September 2017
With the objective of raising awareness of the historical patrimony of Funchal, the
University of Madeira Students’ Union (AAUMa) develops several types of guided
tours throughout several landmarks of the city like the Jesuits’ College of Funchal,
the Old Town, the City Hall of Funchal and, in the near future, to the Municipal
Theatre. These tours allow everyone to get to know the history of Funchal and the
role of the volunteers is to support the historical research and to prepare the visits,
essentially taking all the stories out of the paper and creating a metaphysical tie
between the Funchal of the past and the present.
The University of Madeira Students’ Union (AAUMa) develops,
since 2012, guided tours in several landmarks
of the city of Funchal. These are divided in four types:
quick tours, guided visits, autonomous circuits and educational
This project, through an extensive ongoing investigation,
offers to local people and visitors that come to Funchal,
an opportunity to learn real histories of different parts of
the city, enhancing the acquaintance of the importance
of Funchal’s heritage.
Also, through the educational visits, all schools of Madeira
have a free opportunity to know these historical
buildings and to visit exhibitions inside the Jesuits’ College,
thus fulfilling one of AAUMa’s main goals, which is
to give equal opportunities to less favoured classes.
The project started in the Jesuits’ College of Funchal, in
2012, in 2014 expanded to the Old Town and to the City
Hall of Funchal and, in the near future, to the Municipal
Volunteers will work in these monuments, accompanying
the visitors and explaining the histories of the landmarks,
streets and buildings, while also studying and
broadening the knowledge needed to fulfill their duties.
They will also be a part of the other components of the
project, namely the entrepreneurship and social components,
through the donations and revenues of these projects,
which are used to help several other projects that
serve the students of the University of Madeira.
The volunteers will also take part in the ongoing investigation,
which is essential to the continuous development
of the several projects, by working out new stories from
the unknown history of Funchal. All the activities will be
carried out in cooperation with other workers and volunteers
from AAUMa, already engaged in the process.